Wednesday, October 30, 2019
I finished painting this illustration last night. Scanned really well and not many adjustment layers were needed. Love how this one turned out, it was originally supposed to be the back cover, but it feels better as the special thanks. Only one more illustration to finish which is the front cover!
Sunday, October 13, 2019
I finished painting the back cover today. It was originally intended to be the front cover but after a critique, it was suggested that I make a new front cover where the hero is standing instead of sliding on his back. Painting this illustration went fairly smoothly, there are a lot of opaques in this one - the fire and dust are almost completely opaque. It is much harder to paint smooth flames using transparent paint. With opaque paint I can get much smoother and softer blends with the flames. Quite a bit of adjustment layers in the scan since yellow-oranges always create an issue. The scan matches the original fairly well. Only two more illustrations to go!!
Sunday, September 22, 2019
I finished painting the title page a couple days ago. The dedication page was finished about two weeks ago. I worked on adjusting all the colors of the scans this weekend. Not too many adjustment layers were needed and I am getting faster at the process. Only three illustrations remain! I will work on the special thanks page next.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
I finished painting page one yesterday and got it scanned tonight. Luckily, I did not have to do that many adjustment layers. It scanned quite well so what you see in this digital image is very close to the original. All of the interior pages are done!! I am quite happy, only five more pages to go and the book will be almost done! I start teaching next week but I still hope to complete two illustrations in September and two more in October. Hopefully I will be able to finish the final illustration in November.
Lesson planning for teaching takes a considerable amount of time so I am not sure if I will have all the art done in November. Friday's and Saturday's are exclusively lesson planning days which shortens the amount of painting time I have in a given week. Regardless, if I do not have all the paintings done by the end of November, it will most certainly be finished before the end of the year arrives.
Monday, August 26, 2019
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Finished another painting this weekend and it has a similar color scheme like the previous page. The main concern with this piece was to make sure the door behind the fox was painted very lightly to make sure the head of the fox stands out. The next two pages are the final two interior illustrations as well as a double page spread.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I am a big fan of the new Suspiria film starring Dakota Johnson and I really wanted to try and paint a portrait of her. Portraits are one of my weaknesses as an artist so this was certainly a challenge. I first did a line drawing using a col-erase blue pencil. The paper is coldpress watercolor paper and all the paint is transparent. I only used five colors - primary cyan, permanent violet dark, dioxazine purple, alizarin crimson hue and primary yellow. I don't think I nailed the likeness, but I still learned a lot painting it.